Rhyme schemes: Definition/Types

Rhyming is a very important part of poetry it plays an important role to enhance poetry writing, almost every poem is written in free verse style, some other follows non- rhyming structure paying attention only to the number of syllables. Thus, it shows that the poet writes the poem in a specific type of rhyme scheme or pattern.

Types of Rhyme Scheme:

  • Alternate Rhyme- It is also known as ABAB rhyme scheme, the first and the third line rhymes at the end and the second and the fourth lines rhyme at the end, following the pattern as “ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GHGH” It is mostly used in four lines stanza poem.
  • Ballade- It contains in three and eight line stanzas with the rhyme scheme of ‘ABABBCBC’ follows by ‘BCBC’. It is originated in medieval France.
  • MonoRhyme– It is a poem in which every line uses the same rhyme scheme. Which often appears as AA, BB AND CC.
  • Couplet– It contains two- line stanza, or a pair of consecutive lines that gives us the complete idea and thought of a poem.

Apart from the above mentioned, rhyme schemes there are more of them like; enclosed rhyme, Terza Rima and Triplet etc.

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